Report: Wagner to see doctor only if tightness returns

Updated: July 21, 2008, 1:10 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Billy Wagner reportedly won't need an MRI on his left shoulder, after all.

Billy Wagner

Wagner

Mets vice president of media relations Jay Horwitz told Newsday on Monday that contrary to reports, Wagner will not have an MRI on his left shoulder. According to Newsday, the Mets' closer felt better on the team flight back to New York from Cincinnati on Sunday night.

According to the newspaper, Wagner will see a doctor only if he feels tightness in his shoulder again Monday.

Wagner felt tightness while saving Sunday's 7-5 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Wagner ended up striking out the side to record his 24th save.

"I'm old -- I'm supposed to hurt," Wagner told reporters.

The Mets tied the Philadelphia Phillies for first place in the NL East on Sunday, and the two teams begin a three-game set on Tuesday in New York. Wagner, who has a 2.20 ERA on the season, has converted 11 of his last 12 save opportunities, and the Mets have won 11 of 13 games overall.

Despite his success, Wagner has complained of discomfort in his left trapezius muscle of late.

"We want to know what was keeping him tight," Mets manager Jerry Manuel said, according to MLB.com. "It was 120 degrees. … I was loose."

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